Law
6:16 pm
Fri May 2, 2014

Some Flint police officers are trading a desk for a patrol car

Some Flint police officers are getting out from behind a desk today and getting back on the street. 

Flint Police Chief James Tolbert calls it ”inside-out" – taking police officers who usually spend their day doing administrative work and putting them into a patrol car.

“I know we’ve made multiple arrests today,” Flint Police Chief James Tolbert said on Friday, “We’re getting people with warrants off the street…you’re serving multiple purposes all at the same time.”
Credit Steve Carmody / Michigan Radio

He says that adds nine to 18 more patrol cars on Flint streets at a time.

“I know we’ve made multiple arrests today,” Tolbert said on Friday. “We’re getting people with warrants off the street … you’re serving multiple purposes all at the same time.”

Tolbert plans to continue assigning desk officers to special enforcement operations one day a week. He says future operations will focus on high-crime areas. 

The chief declined to comment on how "inside-out" may lessen the effect of the potential layoff of dozens of Flint police officers later this year.

The city recently learned a federal grant paying for those officers was not renewed.